Sunday, January 11, 2015

NEW Cross Legged Dining Table

We had a customer come to use with a photo she found on Pinterest and asked if we could recreate it. We're always up for the a new challenge so of course we said yes! Here is the original photo she found online - 

Mr. ATG did an amazing job recreating it while adding a few of our his own little touches on it. Rather than using 2" boards on the top, we swapped them out for 1" boards to give it a cleaner, more solid look. Here are a few photos before we stained it -- 

We stained the table using Minwax's PolyShades in Classic Black - rather than the rustic stain of the original photo. Even after one coat I knew I loved the look -

We used two coats to give it a deep black color and an elegant glossy finish. 

We have added this beauty to our ATG Originals line - you can see all of our custom built furniture pieces on our Facebook Page, in the album called "ATG Originals." Dimensions and stain color can easily be altered to fit your space and style. Email or message us to place your order! Sorry out of town-ers, local pick up only. 

Monday, January 5, 2015

Share it and Win It Giveaway!

We are starting off 2015 with a big milestone - we hit 2500 likes on our Facebook Page! To some of you professional bloggers or big companies this may not be a big deal, but to us - its HUGE! Facebook makes it extra difficult to get your posts and photos seen so I'm so glad our furniture is getting out there. 

In celebration of our achievement, we're doing a "Share it and Win it" giveaway for a headboard! You can find out more details on how to enter on our Facebook Page. Unfortunately this is only for our local friends since the headboard will have to be picked up at our home in Cameron.

I know I'm biased, but we've built some pretty beautiful headboards for some very happy customers. Here's a peak at a few of our headboards all settled into their new homes. 

If you're interested in placing an order you can FB message us or email us at for more information!! 

Good luck! 


Saturday, January 3, 2015

Happy New Year!

Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday! We took some time off and traved to Cary, NC to spend a few days with my family. We ate, we played board games, we relaxed, oh and we ate some more. Christmas was wonderful! Our little guy loved opening presents and spending some quality time with his grandparents. As soon as we got back home, we had a group of Mr. ATG's family visiting from FL to spend New Years Eve with us! Yet another week of good food, family and fun. We are finally getting back to our normal routine and getting back to our orders in the garage. 

2014 was an amazing year for us both personally and professionally. Our little guy is growing and changing every day and we are just soaking up this special time with him. We sadly left our life in Kansas but are enjoying making new friends and a new life back on the East Coast. Against the Grain has continued to grow and expand - our Facebook page is itching up to 2500 likes, our blog went viral on Pinterest and we're welcoming new followers all the time, and we opened our Etsy Shop! Our custom built furniture line is constantly being updated with new items and pieces and our work list is longer than ever. We have so much to be thankful this year! 

Here are just a few of our favorite projects from 2014: 

We have set some high goals for ourselves in 2015 and I can't wait to share it all with you! 

Happy Treasure Hunting Friends, 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Thank You!

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you friends!

I am overwhelmed by the success of Small Business Saturday and the weeks that followed it. We pledged to give away 20 free SBS tote bags to our first 20 orders starting on Small Business Saturday and we did - quickly!! Many of the orders were to local friends throughout the state of North Carolina - which I love even more. 

In addition to our busy Etsy Shop, our Facebook page is slowly inching its way to 2500 likes! Eeeek! How did that happen so fast? We are brainstorming on what to do to celebrate the milestone -- another Ugly Furniture Contest? A discount on custom orders? Or A Share it and Win it for a headboard? We could even do a gift certificate to our Etsy Shop. Any ideas? We want to hear from you -- so message us, email us or FB us and let us know! 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014 Recap

So. Much. Turkey. 
Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays - a whole day spent with family, eating and watching football. Love it! We had a fairly quiet Thanksgiving this year. Nick was out of town, my brother spent the holiday with his girlfriend in GA and none of our extended family felt like traveling. So, Reid, Puppy Palin and I spent a long weekend with my parents in Cary. We took long walks, enjoyed the fall weather, cooked and baked all day - oh, and ate -- lots! My dad smoked some chicken, turkey and salmon to go with all of the traditional Thanksgiving fixin's - green beans, stuffing, cranberry sauce, roast root veggies, potatoes, and apple pie! 

The day after Thanksgiving we drove up to see my grandparents in Charlotte. So we had yet another amazing Thanksgiving meal - but more importantly Reid got to spend some quality time with his Greats! 

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday! 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Small Business Saturday 2014

We are super excited to be a part of American Express's 4th annual Small Business Saturday. The event was started in 2010 with the goal of bringing more customers to small businesses around the country. Its held the Saturday after Thanksgiving which is perfect since everyone will already be out shopping anyways!  If you're like me battling the crowds and long lines does not appeal to me in or my 1 year old, so I take advantage of the online deals. Thanks to all this fancy technology we have, you can shop small and shop online with Etsy! Here's the link to our Etsy Shop -

We don't have our own store front (yet!) but we are still happy to participate and plan to do lots of small business shopping for ourselves! We'll be including a free "Shop Small" tote bag - as seen above - to our next 20 customers on Etsy. Just a little thank you for shopping small with us! 

Happy Treasure Hunting, 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

NEW Headboard with Wood Bed Frame

Whoo Woo! We've added a new style bed in our ATG Originals. 

Just like our complete bed, this option eliminates the need for the metal bed frame but its a complete wood bed frame without a footboard. These look amazing - similar to the look of a platform bed, but with access to that much needed under the bed storage space. 

These can be made to fit any size mattress and like all of our pieces, we'll stain or paint it the color of your choice.

This is one we recently built for a client, stained Early American. 

This bed starts at $275 for a twin and goes up to $350 for a king. Again, pricing includes staining the color of your choice! You can email us at or FB message us with questions or to place your order! 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Treasure Hunting: Aberdeen, NC Habitat ReStore

Happy Hump Day Friends! I've had a crazy busy week wrapping up what feels like a gazillion orders and adjusting to our family's new normal with my husband gone to some training for work. Somehow in the middle of it all I managed a trip to my local (well, semi local. Its about 40 minutes away). Habitat Restore. Do you have one of these in your area? My parents have a fantastic one in Cary, NC but this was my first time to the Aberdeen, NC location. 

Here are just a few of the goodies I spotted: 
So many things you can do with these shutters! We've used them to make headboards, wall dividers and used them for the side of a bookcase. So much potential!

$10 for this leather office chair! Such a steal and in great condition. When buying furniture at a thrift store be sure to check all of the upholstery or leather for tears and rips. Real leather pieces will be marked on the underside of the seat. The leather on this chair was in excellent condition but it was missing a few pieces of the nail trim hardware along the front but thats an easy fix. Don't forget the chair can be painted so don't walk away just because its an ugly color. Do walk away if the upholstery is in bad condition! That can be a difficult and expensive fix. 

I love funky shaped mirrors. These would have been perfect to repurpose into chalkboards.

So many glasses. I was able to snag a few pint sized mason jars for $0.25 each. Score!

I loved these bathroom vanity drawers. They'd be perfect to use on a custom built desk! Gawdy, gold hardware is an easy fix so don't let that turn you off. You have to learn to look past the ugly and see the potential. 

So. much. tile. 

Unlike other Restores I've been to, this one had a decent amount of quality furniture!

Anyone need a door? These were mainly storm doors and hollow interior doors but every once and a while you can find solid wood doors - snag them if you can! They are adorable repurposed into headboards or corner shelving units. 

Anyone play golf? 

So, what'd I go home with? Two small, funky shaped mirrors, some super cheap mason jars and a few shutters that I plan to repurpose into a headboard. Not a bad haul -- especially for $21.00!

If you have a Habitat Restore in your area and haven't checked it out- I highly recommend them! Not only is it packed with quality items but your purchase helps to fund your local Habitat for Humanity. Don't you love shopping for a good cause? We'd love to see your Restore finds and revamps!

Happy Treasure Hunting,